Gandhi’s Glasses


Written and Illustrated by Students in Model Schools for Inner Cities, Cluster A, Toronto, Ontario

Reviews (Spoiler Alert!):

“This is a must-have for any classroom or school library.”


“Gandhi’s Glasses is a delightful narrative written from the perspectives of elementary school children beginning to explore the concepts of social justice and global citizenship.” More…  

Review by Lisa Perrin, a member of the Simcoe County Teacher Local

Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Voice Magazine, pg.43, Volume 14, Number 4: Summer 2014


About Gandhi’s Glasses:

One of World Literacy Canada’s special collector’s edition books, Gandhi’s Glasses is a children’s story about social justice issues, which affect students in everyday life. The storybook reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s message of peace and justice to encourage students to be the change they want to see in the world. The book follows a day in the life of a girl named Asha as she begins to take responsibility and make the changes she wishes to see in her neighborhood, and at school.


Excerpt from Gandhi’s Glasses:

“She closed her eyes and thought to herself, did I do all I could today to help those around me? The glasses started to glimmer, glisten, and glow.”


About the Authors:

In the spring of 2011, fifteen elementary schools in the Toronto District School Board from kindergarten to grade 8 wrote and painted Gandhi’s Glasses. Teachers and students worked with a professional artist to paint the scenes in the book. Students reflected on their own experiences to create the overall narrative of the storybook.

Gandhi’s Glasses has been created through a project called The Gandhi Way: Engaging Youth in Global Citizenship, an educational partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the Canadian International Development Agency, and World Literacy Canada.